Freycinet… the thin, tenuous, shimmery line that separates memory and forgetting, permanence and transience, sanity and insanity.
Freycinet (pronounced Frey-sin-ay) is an almost ethereal psychological murder mystery set in the majestic wilds of Tasmania. I’m not going to write a full review because it was written by a friend of mine, and plus I’m acknowledged in the front (I read a some early drafts), so I couldn’t be truly objective.
But I will say, it’s an awesome read. I couldn’t put it down, and I’m not generally a fan of thrillers (though I do like murder mysteries).
It’s a mystery that literally keeps you guessing until the end. The description of it as Picnic at Hanging Rock meets Twin Peaks is right on the money.
Released earlier this year, Freycinet was partly inspired by the unsolved 1993 disappearance of 26-year-old German backpacker Nancy Grunwaldt, and the 1995 brutal murder of 20-year-old Italian Tourist, Victoria Cafasso. It also references fairy tales, Aboriginal history and myth, and pays tribute to the amazing Tasmania wilds.
Melanie Calvert is a talented Australian writer, originally from Tasmania. She has a Master’s Degree and a First Class Honours degree in Literature, and a Journalism degree from Deakin University in Victoria.